# floating-point

## adjective

float·ing-point
ˈflō-tiŋ-ˌpȯint

variants
or floating point

mathematics

**:**using or involving a notation in which a number is represented as a number with an absolute value between 1 and the base (see base entry 1 sense 4e(2)) multiplied by a power of the number base indicated by an exponent (as in 4.52E2 for 452 in base 10)

A floating point operation requires at least several thousand elementary binary operations.—Geoffrey Murray

If a simple operation like multiplying floating-point numbers would require a set of instructions, then a procedure of any useful scale would involve putting many such sets of instructions together.—Andrew Hodges

compare fixed-point, scientific notation
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